The Black-chinned Hummingbird females and immature males are small and slender hummingbirds with plain plumage. Black-chinned females and immature males may be distinguished from the similar Anna’s Hummingbirds by their smaller size and lighter colored breast. The Black-chinned Hummingbird pumps its tail up and down as it hovers. Bird watchers often use this signature movement to identify them, particularly at crowded feeders with multiple species present.
The small purple gorget patch visible in these photos is probably the beginning of the adult male purple gorget. (This picture was originally tagged as a female. We think that was incorrect. December 2013.)
These photos were taken at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon, Arizona in 2012.